March in Marrakech: Morocco in spring bloom
Posted on January 2, 2013 by James Robbins
Spring is my favourite time of the year in Marrakech. The Tigmi gardens start to bloom, bursting with colours and aromas that rejuvenate the senses after the quieter months of January and February.
It’s not just at Tigmi. As you make your way into the city, you’ll see lots of flowers climbing the walls of local houses. And the sun sits slightly higher in the sky, turning up the brightness on Marrakech.
A warmer welcome
March also sees temperatures really start to warm up. If you speak to the expats who have been living in Marrakech for years, they insist the weather always changes on March 10th. I’m not sure there’s any scientific reasoning behind this, but I put it to the test in 2010 – and they were absolutely right! From that date on, we had on a great springtime.
So March really is a great month to visit Marrakech if you’re looking for a warmer climate than the UK, but without hitting the uncomfortable highs of Asia. The days will be in the 20s – a very comfortable temperature for sight-seeing or walking in the local hills. And if you fancy trekking further afield, head to the High Atlas and the fast-retreating snowline left behind after winter.
March is also a perfect for visiting Marrakech if you’d prefer to avoid families – especially with the Easter break being later this year.
Head for the hills
If you’re a couple visiting Tigmi, why not set out on a romantic horse trek? There are horse-riding stables just 15 mins from Tigmi. I’ve covered horse-trekking in Marrakech before, and I can truly say that this is fast becoming a guest favourite. And March is a great month for going for a ride, as all the wild flowers are coming out the land, lending the countryside a bold shade of green that brings it to life.
But if horse riding is not your thing and you would like to experience the countryside around Tigmi, how does quad biking sound? Again, only ten minutes from Tigmi is a quad biking centre. I have experienced this with some guests last spring and we had a great time, with lots of laughs and some very dusty but happy faces afterwards.
Quad biking is 400dh (around £30) per person for 1 hour, 700dh per person for 2 hours and 900dh per person for half day – there is a 100dh supplement for a second person on the bike. A taxi to the place is 250dh return. Bookings for weekend are advised to be made in advance. Minimum age is 16, although younger children can ride if accompanied by an adult.